Recovering Today and Preparing For Tomorrow – Top 4 Things To Do For Your Supply Chain and Operational Readiness

There is no need to explain the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis on the lives of individuals, families, communities and companies around the world.  It is, in many ways, unprecedented, and certainly represents a once-in-a-generation challenge to us all. The outbreak has caught companies and some entire industries by surprise with sudden dramatic drops in demand, changes in customer behavior and general uncertainty.  Normal demand signals have disappeared, and the effect has rippled through the whole supply chain.  While remote work is possible for many, critical manufacturing and service jobs can’t be done “from home”, and even if they could, how would you know what to produce, or order and for how long?  As we all look to follow the public health guidelines to protect our families, friends and colleagues, business leaders can and must look to not only recover from this crisis, but to be ready for the next one.  We cannot predict the future, but we can learn from every experience and put ourselves in a better position next time.  Doing that is the hallmark of a “learning organization”, and the essence of proactive leadership.  So, how can businesses position their supply chains to be more flexible and resilient – more ready, if you will? There are several concrete actions businesses can take right now to prepare even as they recover: 1. Conduct a thorough assessment of all aspects of the supply chain – sunlight is the best disinfectant If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that speed + flexibility = resiliency.  In planning your assessment, consider all aspects of the supply chain.  If there... read more

OnDemand Resources Hires Veteran Operations Consultant To Lead Client Support Efforts

February 28, 2020 Charlottesville, VA OnDemand Resources, the leading provider of independent project and interim talent in strategic procurement, supply chain and operations is delighted to announce the hire of Wil Henderson, a seasoned operations consultant with significant experience supporting clients in their efforts to achieve exceptional results as they pursue cost reduction and efficiency improvement initiatives. Wil will assume the role of Managing Director and will be responsible for overall business development and client support efforts. Mr. Henderson brings to OnDemand over two decades of experience in strategic sourcing, supply chain and operations.  As a consultant, he has led numerous complex strategic sourcing and operations transformations across many industries throughout North America and globally, serving as a trusted partner and advisor to clients from the mid-market to the Fortune 500.  His background includes roles with Accenture, E&Y, and, most recently as a partner with Gibson Consulting.  He has earned certifications as a Project Management Professional and LSS Black Belt, and holds an undergraduate degree from Auburn University and an MBA from The University of Notre Dame. “I am delighted to join the high performing team at OnDemand.  I had the pleasure to get to know Jan and his team over the years and was always impressed with their ability to serve their clients” said Wil Henderson. “We are pleased to welcome Wil to our team, to help us accelerate our strong growth which is only possible by continuing to deliver superior work for our clients,” said Jan Malasek, OnDemand’s CEO.  “Wil’s great client management and engagement skills will ensure that our existing and new clients will get the... read more

Five Reasons To Engage Independent Professional Talent

The fast-paced, complex nature of today’s global marketplace coupled with an increasingly tight labor market presents numerous challenges for executives tasked with driving sustainable results. Fortunately, a cost-effective, reliable resource solution leveraging highly capable independent talent has emerged that enables corporations to effectively address critical business opportunities and challenges for an immediate impact and quality results. We’ve outlined five key independent talent strategies to accomplish a variety of business objectives. These strategies enable executives to make significant progress despite a lack of in-house resources or time constraints and are significantly more budget friendly when compared to traditional consulting alternatives…

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OnDemand Resources Named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s SDCE 100 Top Supply Chain Projects for 2016

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, has selected OnDemand Resources as a recipient of an SDCE 100 Award for 2016. The SDCE 100 is an annual list of 100 great supply chain projects. These projects can serve as a guide for supply chain executives who are looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. These projects show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success. “We are exceptionally pleased to be recognized by our industry’s leading voice for the work we do for our clients.  Since our inception in 2003, we have relentlessly focused on delivering exceptional value to our clients by providing them with highly capable subject matter experts to support their critical initiatives and this recognition is yet another example of the power and capabilities of our network of highly capable independent talent”, per Jan Malasek, CEO of OnDemand Resources. “Our goal with 2016’s SDCE 100 is to shine the spotlight on successful and innovative transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the supply chain,” says Ronnie Garrett, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The selected projects can serve as a roadmap for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. We congratulate all of our winners for a job well done!” About Supply & Demand Chain Executive Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing... read more

Mission Accomplished. Premiere Consulting Expertise at Exceptional Value.

Client: Private Equity Portfolio Company Objective: Recommend Warehousing and Logistics Solution Timing: 4 Weeks OnDemand Independent Expert: Manuel G., Member of the OnDemand Independent Talent Network since 2015 A portfolio company of a major private equity firm needed to quickly evaluate their logistics and warehousing operations to determine if significant opportunities could be achieved across several of their Midwestern plants. The portfolio company wanted to evaluate moving from a decentralized to a centralized warehousing solution – as long as the strategic shift would produce sufficient opportunities to offset any incremental investments or expense flows. OnDemand helped our client engage partner Manuel, an independent consultant whose background was an ideal combination of premier consulting and very relevant industry experience. Manuel’s deep subject matter expertise in all aspects of supply chain made him the ideal candidate to help our client determine the size of the opportunity. Manuel quickly initiated a data request, visited plants, interviewed key stakeholders, and created a cost baseline model. Subsequently, he developed key hypotheses and alternative approaches to generating improvements in the client’s warehousing and logistics operations. Based on his analysis, he recommended a solution supported by a strong business case that highlighted a substantial savings opportunity, which he presented to the executive committee at the end of his 4-week engagement. Our client appreciated Manuel’s expertise, work ethic and his terrific cultural fit. In addition, the client recognized OnDemand’s ability to quickly match them with an expert who could understand their business, effectively assess the situation and recommend a substantive solution – without the expense and overhead of engaging a traditional consulting firm. To learn how OnDemand... read more

Are Your Consulting Fees Keeping You Up at Night?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article stating that Alaska Airlines will be “keeping a very tight lid on” consulting fees as they begin their integration of Virgin America Inc.  In the piece, Dr. Mitchell Marks, a strategy consultant and professor of leadership at San Francisco State University College of Business, states that leaving critical decisions to an outside party can sometimes result in poor outcomes and disenfranchisement from the staff.   Since 2003, OnDemand Resources has held firmly to its belief that integrating top-tier independent experts with your existing staff, not only achieves more effective, sustainable outcomes, but is significantly more cost effective than traditional consulting.  Click here to see how we helped a leading pharmaceutical company transform their procurement operations doing just that.  To learn how OnDemand can help you sleep better, contact... read more